USA - Vishay’s ( http://www.vishay.com ) recently announced bid to buy International Rectifier ( http://www.ir.com ) could see it surge past its competitors to become the world’s largest supplier of discrete power semiconductors according to the latest analysis from IMS Research.
Vishay, who last year paid $290 million for IR’s Power Control Systems business, recently made an unexpected $1.6 billion bid to acquire IR’s remaining business in a deal that dwarves its previous acquisitions. If the bid is accepted, the deal would create the world’s largest supplier of discrete power semiconductors.
The two companies held a combined share of close to 16% of the market in 2007, considerably higher than next closest rivals, STMicroelectronics and Fairchild Semiconductor.
Research Director Ash Sharma commented “Vishay’s acquisition last year of the PCS business helped it climb two places in the rankings for power discretes. This potential acquisition would see it surge past all competitors and lead the power discretes market by some way. It would also seriously strengthen its position in power ICs, particularly in segments that it has not traditionally addressed”.
Sharma added, “The bid highlights the firm focus being placed by many firms on power management and is not surprising given the consistent and high growth IMS Research projects for this market over the next five years.”
The latest 2008 report “The Global Market for Power Semiconductor Discretes & Modules” from IMS Research, which is due for publication this month has collected and analysed sales data from all of the leading global suppliers to create a detailed assessment of the global market today, and its likely future development.